cotton wool pads

I’m really excited to share with you a fantastic reusable cotton wool pads tutorial created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey, curator of What You Sow.   Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads:

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the amount of things I buy and throw away.

One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. Not only do they come in a non-recyclable plastic packet but many have been factory made then air freighted half way around the world as well.

I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used.  Read on to find out how I did it!

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads DIY

reusable cotton wool pad

To make your reusable cotton wool pads You will need a UK size 4 crochet hook (if you’re outside of the UK then please note UK crochet hook sizes are different to international sizes – UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook) and some cotton yarn of your choice. My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled and Rowan Purelife which both come in some lovely colours. You need about 8m of yarn.

crochet cotton pad

Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

reusable make up remover pad diy

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way round. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches like you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

eco friendly cotton wool pad

Sew in the ends and there you have your finished cotton pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bed time!

Enjoy.

eco friendly makeup remover pad

Thanks so much Lynsey!  If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!